Torpedoing of the Cornwallis, Carlisle Bay, 11th September 1942 — 5 Comments

  1. Very interesting story from my families perspective. My uncle Dick Davies and his friend Reggie Gooding were the ones who dived up the torpedo fin that is now in the Barbados museum.
    Secondly my father served in Liberators and was in 224 Squadron which was the RAF squadron which eventually sunk U514 in the Bay of Biscay on 8 July 1943. I guess my Dad Derek S B Davies got a bit of revenge for U 514 attacking Barbados and the Cornwallis.
    John Davies (son of Derek) Canada

  2. Great story and much interesting detail. My mother, Peggy Spence, then Peggy O’Donnell, and some of her siblings were at the Aquatic Club swimming when the attack happened. She was 16 years old at the time. She remembers the first torpedoes hitting the net and then all the confusion of people rushing to get out of the water and off of the AC pier. She did not see the final hit on the Cornwallis because they were caught up in the crowd being shepherded out back to the street.

  3. My name is Eva Gaskin, my mum, Mrs Esmeralda Haskins was there on that faithful day in September 1942 and has fond memories of that Christmas She is still alive aged 99yrs, living in Christchurch, Barbados . Her maiden name was ESME GASKIN.

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